iPhone 13 SCAM alert! Don’t fall in 'You’ve Won An iPhone 13' trap

    Scammers are tagging instagram users in a post that claims 'You've won an iPhone 13'. People have lost money in this scam.
    By: HIMANI JHA
    | Updated on: Feb 17 2022, 09:15 IST
    Beware of the fake Instagram promotions claiming you’ve won an iPhone 13.
    Beware of the fake Instagram promotions claiming you’ve won an iPhone 13. (Shweta Ganjoo/HT Tech)
    Beware of the fake Instagram promotions claiming you’ve won an iPhone 13.
    Beware of the fake Instagram promotions claiming you’ve won an iPhone 13. (Shweta Ganjoo/HT Tech)

    Easy access to internet and social media apps have made our data more vulnerable than ever to cybercriminals and scammers who're targetting our money with multiple scams. In recent days, several Instagram users have reported about a new online scam and it has to do with the iPhone 13. Many users have reported that they were tagged in Instagram posts or comments informing them that they have won an iPhone 13. Although it seems to be real, it is a total scam and spam. Once the users click on the link, they're redirected to a webpage where they are asked to enter a few details along with their debit/credit card information.

    Apparently, there are several accounts that have been tagged in the photos. The scammers are attacking users by creating the fake promotion that you have won a raffle on Instagram. Participating in giveaways campaigns in the Meta app is quite common, however, you have to be careful, as some can be bogus and may land you into trouble.

    It seems hundreds of people have already been trapped in this iPhone 13 scam on Instagram and many users have taken to Twitter to warn others. The users have even shared the screengrab of the promotion. Check out here https://twitter.com/CutieVic1981/status/1491914757846278150/photo/1

    In this picture, we can clearly see that the scam is mainly targeting users in the comments section, telling them that they've won a brand new iPhone 13 Max Pro. Since, iPhone 13 series is the premium device that has been launched by Apple only a few months back, it grabs attention quite easily. The scammers urge users to follow an account to contact the organizers of the giveaway.

    Upon tapping on the link in the bio, a website opens asking you to fill out a form to receive your iPhone 13 . The page even has “comments” of people who already have their mobile or the logos of some antiviruses to make it look more real. The users are further asked to answer a set of questions including their card details to “pay” a few euros (from €1.99 to €5.99) as the shipping charge. Once you do so, the scammers will steal your data and bank details.

    Such scams are dangerous and hence, you should be very careful while you are on social media networks.

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    First Published Date: 17 Feb, 09:15 IST
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